Lalita Shevde-Samant, Ph.D., and Dominique Hinshaw

This summer, the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center is exploring the role of the mentor-mentee relationship in cancer research training and education at the O’Neal Cancer Center. For the first spotlight in this series, we’ll learn more about the research undertaken by Lalita Shevde-Samant, Ph.D., and her mentee, Dominique Hinshaw.

Dr. Rodney Tucker

The O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB has named Rodney O. Tucker, M.D., MMM, its inaugural associate director for diversity, equity and inclusion. Since 2002, Tucker has worked to develop a comprehensive clinical, educational and research program in palliative care at UAB, including the Southeast Institute for Innovation in Palliative & Supportive Care. He currently serves as the director of the UAB Center for Palliative & Supportive Care.

The O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB recently created the O’Neal NextGen Scholar awards to provide a mechanism to support the training of future scientific leaders in cancer research. The O’Neal Cancer Center is pleased to announce the 2022 class of NextGen Scholars.

The O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center recently awarded eight grants through O’Neal Invests, which funds UAB investigators initiating new cancer-related projects to do key preliminary work to enable competitive R01 applications.

The O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB recently created the O’Neal NextGEN Scholar awards to provide a mechanism to support the training of future scientific leaders in cancer research. The O’Neal Cancer Center is pleased to announce the 2021 class of NextGEN awardees. 

Bassel El-Rayes, M.D.

The O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB is pleased to announce that Bassel El-Rayes, M.D., will become deputy director, effective March 1.

Jeanette Anglin, left, stands with Melanie Little, executive director of YouthBuild in Eufaula, Alabama. Anglin partners with the group to present cancer awareness information. (Photo submitted)

Jeanette Anglin is always looking for opportunities to talk to her neighbors about cancer awareness and screening options. Her directory of community partners, residents and former colleagues seems endless.

So when Anglin was given the task to enroll women in a program to increase cervical cancer screening and human papillomavirus, or HPV, testing, the Barbour County, Alabama, community outreach coordinator for the Office of Community Outreach & Engagement at the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB turned to her established list, in addition to some savvy research, to find participants.

Alabama Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalition

For decades, the Office of Community Outreach & Engagement at the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB has partnered with the Alabama Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalition to educate communities about cancer and ensure access to screening and treatment options. Through this partnership, the office and the coalition have worked to pool their resources and bolster their outreach efforts with the goal of reducing the impact and burden of cancer for the people of Alabama.

The Office of Community Outreach & Engagement at the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB continues to provide community-engaged research and support for multiple projects that seek to better understand and enhance cancer prevention, treatment and survivorship. The office is currently assisting two new community-engaged research projects.

Pearlette Edwards, coordinator for Bullock County, Alabama, gets the crowd motivated and moving during a Richard Simmons-styled "Sweating to the Oldies" stretch break at the OCOE’s Community Dissemination Institute 2021 at the Marriott Shoals Conference Center in Florence, Alabama, Nov. 14-16. (Photo by Wynter Byrd)

Health advocates, researchers and community partners converged for three days of networking, information sharing and empowerment at the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Office of Community Outreach & Engagement Community Dissemination Institute 2021, Nov. 14-16 in Florence, Alabama.